Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has declared a state of emergency in the city over the spread of the West Nile Virus. The virus has claimed 10 lives in Dallas county, and has infected 111 people there, leading to 65 hospitalizations. Rawlings said that 25 percent of the West Nile virus cases that have been reported across the country have cropped up in Dallas county. The mayor has requested that county and state officials provide aerial pesticide spraying in the city to control mosquitoes that spread the virus, which can cause fever, nausea, rash, abdominal pain, stiff neck, and vomiting. The majority of reported cases in Dallas have been caused by the more serious neuro-invasive strain of the virus.
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